byauthor unknown. Publication info - London: Benjamin Sibthorpe, 1761.
William Sutton was tried for, and acquitted of, murdering a prostitute by stabbing her twice "so she should not be able to sit", the wounds afterwards becoming infected. The case was the talk of the town, and became the subject of a series of pamphlets alternately arguing Sutton's guilt and innocence. In this pamphlet, the first three pages are spent excoriating the victim, in the guise of arguing that no matter how depraved she might have been, she still should not have been... Topics: murder, prostitution, abuse, alcoholism
byauthor unknown. Publication info - London: Reprinted for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1765.
Katharine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie were involved in a sort of eighteenth-century soap opera. Nairn was married to Thomas Ogilvie, a man twice her age. They shared their home with his younger brother Patrick and the mistress of the youngest brother of the family, Alexander. Thomas was poisoned and died. Nairn and Patrick were charged with his death, and with incest, i.e. adultery, both capital crimes. The most important witness at their trial was Alexander's mistress, Anne Clark, a former... Topics: adultery, murder, incest, prostitution